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If ObamaCare is Unconstitutional, Why Aren’t Medicare and Medicaid?

Good question.

Goodman correctly concludes:

ObamaCare can be mortally wounded in federal court, but it can only be slain in the court of public opinion.

Read more here.

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Federal Judge Rules Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

“Neither the Supreme Court nor any federal circuit court of appeals has extended Commerce Clause powers to compel an individual to involuntarily enter the stream of commerce by purchasing a commodity in the private market. In doing so, enactment of the (individual mandate) exceeds the Commerce Clause powers vested in Congress.” from newsok.com

Read blog post here.

Some are more equal than others

One of the first casualties of regulation is Rule by Law–which is replaced with Rule by Men. The second casualty is usually Equality Before the Law–which is replaced with Rule by Special Favor.  This is the nature of central planning, and of the regulatory behemoth which it spawns.

Go here for more on the growing number of special wavers granted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to allow some (but not all) to escape the onerous requirements of Obamacare.

ACOs: The new Threat to Quality Medical Care

The PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare) favors the creation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) which purposefully push physicians out of independent practice into working as employees,  and re-establish capitation –the reimbursement method which rewards “providers” for doing less. This all means that your physician will no longer be working primarily for you, the patient.

Read more here.

Docs 4 Patient Care and Dr. Berwick

Dr. Berwick:

“Any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must, must, redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and the less fortunate. Excellent health care is by definition redistributional.”

For more information and a brief video clip from Dr. Scherz of Docs4PatientCare, see here.

New Lows in New Speak

When is price fixing not illegal price fixing? When it’s done by the government.
When is price fixing illegal price fixing? When it’s done by anybody else.

Justice Department has unambiguously stated that refusal to accept government price controls is a form of illegal “price fixing.”
–Christian Science Monitor 5/31/2010

In an landmark decision, the Justice Department has ruled that under the Sherman Antitrust Act, a group of Idaho orthopedists are guilty of conspiracy and price fixing. In this particular instance, the defendants were prosecuted under civil jurisdiction, but under antitrust law, it could just as easily been tried as a criminal case!

Read the rest here.

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